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Local Adventures: Rhododendron Trail

The Rhododendron Trail was built during the time I was not living on Whidbey Island. It was an extension of the Kettles Trail, that winds along Hwy 20. Where the Kettles Trail ends in Coupeville, at the traffic light in town, the Rhododendron Trail continues on heading South down the island. It starts by the C-store… Continue reading Local Adventures: Rhododendron Trail

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Local Adventures: Rhodie Road Trail

Just South of Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island sits an Island County park, Rhododendron Park. I had never visited it, mostly due to lurid tales back in the day. In the 1990's and early 2000's the small campground at the park had a not so savory reputation. However, times change and with Covid the campground… Continue reading Local Adventures: Rhodie Road Trail

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The Moment It Clicked

Long ago, when my oldest son had just turned a year old, a simple front country hike in the Olympic Mountains changed my life. I had hiked and backpacked before, long before, but it had not woken that part of me. Hiking was something I had done because my friends were going when I was… Continue reading The Moment It Clicked

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Local Adventures: Cedar Looping In The Kettles Trails

The other day I wasn't planning on hiking, but a super low spring tide meant I couldn't take the ferry off the island, so I opened up my phone for inspiration of where to go, with time on hand. As I was whining about there being nowhere I wanted to go, Kirk reminded me over… Continue reading Local Adventures: Cedar Looping In The Kettles Trails

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Local Adventures: Bluff Trail-Kettles Loop

Fort Ebey State Park sits in the central section of Whidbey Island, just outside of Coupeville, but close to Oak Harbor. Years ago I hiked all the trails there with my oldest son, him strapped into a jogger stroller. Since we moved back to Whidbey Island, I hadn't gotten back here much, and it clicked… Continue reading Local Adventures: Bluff Trail-Kettles Loop